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Subject:  Re: Yet another Java flaw Date:  10/2/2012  8:59 PM
Author:  mmrmnhrm Number:  182040 of 194915

I suppose it's not much different at all. But it is different from, say, installing Office or a game or some utility. With those, you know you're installing a program and have some idea of who wrote it and, presumably, you trust them. With these web-based programs, you have no idea what's going on. (Although doesn't ASP run on the server side and not on the client computer?) You're turning over your computer to some unknown programmer. And you may not even realize that you're doing so.
The only difference, in this contex